IT’S ALMOST A WEEK INTO THE MONTH AND I’M STARTING TO FEEL IT…THE FEBRUARY SLUMP. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “HOLIDAY HANGOVER.” WHY IS IT THAT THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR FEELS THE LONGEST? FOR MANY, WINTER IS STILL AT FULL BLAST AND EVEN FLORIDA CAN GET A BIT CHILLY. WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE MY FITNESS PLAN? THESE DAYS, SOMETIMES IT’S EASIER TO BE COZY IN BED IN THE MORNING THAN TO PUT ON WORKOUT CLOTHES AND GET READY TO SWEAT. HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO SHIFT YOUR FEBRUARY FITNESS GOALS INTO HIGH GEAR!
Nothing is better than spending time with friends, so why not do it at the gym? February can defeat even the most motivated, but when it’s two against the world anything seems doable. Don’t have a fitness buddy? Try a group fitness class or join a local indoor cycling studio. When you’re held accountable, skipping exercise is harder to do.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Maybe your routine is getting you down in the dumps. When was the last time you switched it up? While you may have your favorite standbys, trying a new workout will do wonders for your motivation! Try a CycleBar or pilates class, anything that’s new and sounds exciting to you. You’ll not only conquer boredom, but you’ll also prevent yourself from hitting an exercise plateau.
REMEMBER YOUR RESOLUTIONS
New Year’s resolutions… have you kept yours? If you have promised yourself a 7-day workout schedule, then odds are you may not achieve that goal. Don’t worry, resolutions can always be revisited. Write down all the fitness goals you made at the beginning of the year, and then rewrite them. While a daily 5-hour workout may sound good on paper, in actuality it’s hard to keep up. Make your resolutions realistic and actually attainable. When you surmount a goal, the reward will be intoxicating.
It’s always nice to have something to look forward to, so book a class with your buddy at the beginning of the week. Knowing you have a definite end-goal can help when you feel like you’re running in circles on a hamster wheel. A balanced fitness schedule will have you motivated and committed.
CHECK YOUR EXPECTATIONS
People get discouraged when they don’t see results right away, but don’t be! It can take 4 to 6 weeks before you see noticeable physical changes from exercise. To avoid getting derailed, imagine how good you are going to feel when you stick to a plan. Prepare to expect mental and emotional changes resulting in more energy and a confidence boost. Let’s get ready to get sweaty!
By SHARON REID
CycleStar & AntiGravity Fitness
Instructor at CycleBar Ft. Lauderdale